The end of 2018
I can't believe tomorrow is the beginning of a new year. I'm so grateful I was given the opportunity to spend 2018 in Germany. I always wanted to live abroad in Europe and i never thought that would come true haha.
This past year has been one of the best years of my life. The most precious thing to me (among meeting some of my best friends and experiencing so many great and challenging moments) has been how much closer I've gotten to my Father in Heaven than ever before. My perspective on life has changed immensely. As I've studied the doctrine we teach, I've gained a stronger testimony of it's truth. I know we once lived with God, our Father who love us immensely. I know he wants to give us so many blessing that he created a plan of happiness for each of us. I know he created this world so we could come here and obtain a body, so we could be born into families and meet dear ones to us where we can learn together, love together, and experience true happiness. I know he knew we were going to fall, many times. So he gave us his son, Jesus Christ. Because Christ came to earth and suffered and died for us, we are freed. He literally takes the burdens off our shoulders. He surrounds us with love. And he does this because just like our Father in Heaven, he wants us to make it back to Him. Death isn't the end, but the beginning of something so grand and glorious. Because of Him families are forever, and pain is turned into something beautiful. He knew this life was going to be hard, tiring, and depressing. So He's given us modern day prophets to guide us and comfort us with His words of hope. I know Russel M. Nelson is called of God, just like the prophets of old in the Bible. I know they all teach the true doctrine of Christ available to us through a restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring is the doctrines that Christ taught himself while on earth. He's given us the Bible and the Book of Mormon to learn of that, to ask in faith and gain an answer for ourselves from God. The Book of Mormon is precious. I don't know what my life would be like without it. I know it is the word of God written by ancient prophets who were led out of Jersusalem because of the overwhelming amount of iniquity. I know it was recorded for us, today, these days. Just like the words of a true prophet called of God, the messages and teaching within bring hope, faith, and relief. I know there is always a way for God to touch the hearts of his children and that's through the Holy Ghost. He has been my teacher my entire life, and I'm glad I've decided to listen. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God because it holds the fullness of the teachings of Christ.
I look back and am proud of how far I've come. I can't believe my time on my mission is getting even shorter every day, but I rejoice in knowing I still have mountains to climb. I love the errand I'm on, and these next 4 months and a week are going to be full of miracles.
Ich hab euch sehr lieb,